Two Arrested in Basement Meth Lab Operation

- MORGAN COUNTY, W.Va. - Two Berkeley Springs residents have been arrested after state police say they admitted to operating a methamphetamine clandestine laboratory out of their basement. 

West Virginia State Police said on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 around 7 p.m. they responded to a home located at 2068 Martinsburg Road, in response to a physical disturbance. 

Upon arriving to the scene, Trooper First Class S.R. Smith met with residents Jeremy Adam McCumbee, 31, and Trista Lynn Courtney, 25, inside the home. According to state police, they had previous knowledge of both possibly manufacturing and operating a meth lab, and selling. 

Throughout the course of the investigation, Trooper First Class Smith was able to obtain a confession from McCumbee, who admitted to operating a meth lab in the basement. Sgt. L.A. Faircloth of the West Virginia State Police Special Response Team responded to the scene, and him along with Trooper First Class Smith went down into the basement, where they discovered the meth lab. 

McCumbee and Courtney were place into custody and charged individually with one-count of operating a clandestine laboratory, and one-count of conspiracy to commit a felony against the State of West Virginia. 

Both were were transported to the Morgan County Magistrate Court and assigned by Magistrate K.A. Ambrose. Bail with set at $20,000 cash only on each suspect. McCumbee and Courtney are currently being held at the Eastern Regional Jail. Trooper First Class Smith was also assisted by Officer L.A. Marshall with the Berkeley Springs Police Department. 

The incident has also left many neighbors shaken up.

"Can you imagine the pain this family is going through? And I want you to know that my heart is out to each and every one of them," said Linda Maconaughey, neighbor. 

According to Morgan County court officials, this incident marks the first arrest and discovery of a methamphetamine laboratory in Morgan County in over 25 years. 

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